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Comment: Re:Google could say that, but negligence suit allo (Score 1) 346

by countach (#47380595) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Yeah but... if it could be considered negligence of Google not to do a certain thing because it is their responsibility to do such a thing, then they wouldn't wait for the court to tell them to do it. They'd just do it. The very fact that they refuse point blank to do it without a court compelling them to do it, seems to indicate they don't think fiddling with people's mail boxes in any circumstances is "exercising ordinary care". And rightly so, I think.

Nothing in the story I saw said that Google disabled the email account until the court could rule on it. Maybe they did, but I didn't see it. The story said GS tried to contact the owner but they didn't reply. Presumably if they'd been listening they could have read the offending email, and then you'd be at their mercy of good will.

Comment: Fission? (Score 1) 119

by countach (#47380559) Attached to: New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

Um.. but no energy could be released from such a star surely, since fusion of anything heavier than iron produces no energy, but actually takes energy. The only way it could produce energy then would be fission. But I'm skeptical about whether a star in such circumstances would really light up, or would just be a sphere of dead metal.

Comment: What law? (Score 2) 346

by countach (#47376027) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

My question is, what law gives a court the right to do such thing? While there may well be laws that compel companies to keep their own data private, I find it hard to believe there is a law that gives a court the right to undelete stuff in a scenario like this. Courts don't tend to do stuff no matter how reasonable unless there is some law that says they should.

The disturbing thing about this is that the real owner of that mail box, whoever he may be, doesn't get to show up in court and put forward his viewpoint.

Comment: Re:Overdue (Score 1) 495

by countach (#47358519) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Why blame the DNS service for illegal activity? Are we going to blame GoDaddy for every domain it issues to someone who infringes the law? Are going to blame Verizon for hosting it? IANA for issuing them an IP address? Microsoft for selling them an OS to run on their server? It seems to me the DNS host is the least likely port of call for assigning blame. And if there is blame to assign them, then it should go through proper channels, just like I wouldn't ask a judge to shut the doors at Redmond because someone abused their products, and they are refusing to patch windows XP.

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles